We love taking our students on culinary adventures around the globe. One of our all-time favorite treats to whip up are ladoos – these delicious round sweets from the Indian subcontinent. They’re incredibly special in Indian culture, with a history that goes back hundreds of years. People often enjoy ladoos during major celebrations like Diwali, Eid, weddings, and even when welcoming a new baby. If you’re looking for a tasty dessert, you can’t go wrong with ladoos!

NO-COOK Recipe: Date and Coconut Ladoos

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 12


  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup desiccated (dried) coconut (plus extra for rolling)
  • 1/4 sesame seeds
  • 1/4  poppy seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • Ghee or coconut oil for greasing (optional)


  1. If the dates are too dry, you can soak them in warm water for about 15 minutes, then drain.

  2. In a food processor, combine the dates, desiccated coconut, sesame seeds, and cardamom powder. Blend the mixture until it forms a sticky, uniform dough.

  3. Grease your hands with a little ghee or coconut oil if the mixture is too sticky to roll.

  4. Take small portions of the dough and roll them into round balls.

  5. Roll the shaped balls in desiccated coconut, pressing lightly so that the coconut adheres to the surface. You can also roll them in poppy seeds for added texture (optional).

  6. For best results, place the ladoos on a plate or tray and let them set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, to firm up. If you don’t have this time, ladoos can be served right away!


Team Allergic to Salad

Book a Class or Party

An on-site dinner party is an awesome way to spend time together with family and friends. Enjoy a fun evening while showing off your inner chef skills.

Support Us to Help Kids Eat Healthy

We are committed to bringing healthier options to the table. If you are a fan of our work and effort please consider making a kind donation towards a more nutritious future.

Translate »